By Lauren Brant
Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Friday his appointment of Andrea Miller of Bayard to the Twelfth Judicial District Judgeship of Nebraska.
Although the public announcement came on Friday, Miller’s family learned of the news late on Thursday. Miller is the daughter of Casey and Julie Walton of Gordon. Casey Walton said he is a proud father as he recalled “that’s what she wanted to do since she was little and she did it.”
Miller, 37, has practiced law for 11 years. During that time, she has served as a law clerk for the Criminal Appeals Division of the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, acted as the chairperson of the Nebraska Commission of Indian Affairs, graduated from Leadership Scotts Bluff and the Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy. She currently is an attorney at Simmons Olsen Law Firm in Scottsbluff and is a member of the Humanities Nebraska board.
Miller was born and raised in Gordon and graduated from Gordon High School in 1998. She pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at the University of Nebraska Kearney where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She continued her education at the University of Nebraska College of Law and earned her Juris Doctor in 2006.
Her appointment fills a vacancy after Judge Randall L. Lippstreu retired.
The Twelfth Judicial District encompasses Sheridan, Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, and Sioux counties.